However, the club has secured a European championship of sorts. In its annual survey of European football finance, Deloitte, a consulting firm, reports that in the 2018-19 season, for the first time, Barcelona hauled in more revenue than any other club. Its income of €840.8m ($959m) knocked Real, with €757.3m, into second place. (Europe’s financial championship is, in effect, the world’s: Deloitte points out that no club outside the continent ranks in the global top 30.
- Cristiano Ronaldo — $127.3 million: He may be in the final years of his career, but Juventus star Ronaldo is still one of the biggest draws in world football. Aside from traditional sponsorships, Ronaldo’s earnings come from sources including a museum of his life and a hotel chain. Getty Images
Liverpool – 604.7 million euros But where Man City have so far failed, Liverpool have succeeded. The Reds won a sixth Champions League / European Cup in 2019 under German coach Jürgen Klopp, but it’s been 30 years since they were last crowned English champions. This season, that dream is closer than ever, and lifting the Premier League trophy should translate into more revenue for the Merseyside club in 2020.
By contrast, Manchester United’s commercial strength, built on past glories, has been helping it through a lean patch. Barcelona has built a similar buffer, should La Liga titles dry up. But to fans, victory in style is what really counts—as Mr Valverde has just been reminded.
Manchester United – 711.5 million euros Two years ago, the Red Devils topped the Deloitte ranking but now Manchester United are back down to third, just as in 2019. The 20-times English champions increased their revenue by almost 50 million euros this year but, with on-pitch struggles again leaving Champions League qualification in doubt, they are in danger of being superceded by local rivals Manchester City in next year’s Money League.
- Andres Iniesta — $36.7 million: After a 22-year career in Spain in which he won a World Cup, four Champions Leagues, and nine La Liga titles, midfielder Iniesta moved to Japanese side Vissel Kobe in 2018, and got a huge pay day, becoming one of world football’s best paid stars, and dominating the Japanese league in the process. Getty Images
According to the Daily Mail, he will be earning £15m a year with the contract he signed at Tottenham, this is almost double what the club paid former manager, Mauricio Pochettino but less than what Mourinho earn at Manchester United where he earns £18m every year. He is currently the second-highest-paid manager in the league behind Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
During his reign in Italy where he started his managerial career, he managed Juventus and won the Serie-A title there and proceed to AC Milan and also won the Champions League. His move to England will be remembered for being the only manager that has won both the league and FA Cup for the club in one season, doing so in his first season. He currently earns €6m a year at Napoli.